Three government institutions in the technology sector have been consolidated into a new authority set up by President Uhuru Kenyatta to step up efficiency in the industry. The President signed a notice establishing the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA).
ICTA now takes over the roles and resources previously held by the ICT Board of Kenya, the e-Government Directorate and the Government Information and Technology Services (GITS).
ICTA will rationalise and streamline the management of all State ICT institutions and advice the Government on sectorial development, ICT project implementation and investments.
ICTA is a legal entity. Information and Communications Technology Authority has amalgamated three bodies into this authority which will coordinate government activities in ICT sector.
The government is now forming ICTA’s board which is expected to be in place by the end of the month. The President will appoint ICTA chair while the ministry will be in charge of appointing board members. All staff of the former ICT Board, GITS and e-Government Directorate are now under ICTA.
However, their fate in the long-term will be decided by the board once it starts its work.